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housefly on a leafThe sky was kind enough to open up and dump about 8 inches of snow on my pretty brown lawn Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Just when I thought Spring had truly arrived and it was time to start thinking about planting flowers, Old Man Winter had to get in a final laugh. My only consolation with the snowfall is that the nasty flies went dormant again.

When the flies come out with sunshine and warm weather, I'll be ready for them, thanks to an awesome article on Ecobites. The article teaches us how to take a plastic bottle and cut it so that the top 1/3 of the bottle can be inverted into the bottom 1/3 of the plastic bottle.

Place some raw meat and a little water into the bottom of the bottle, invert the top half of the bottle, and tape the two halves together. Whatever bait you use to trap the flies, make sure that you put the bait in first, otherwise you aren't likely to catch many flies if you try to shove the bait through the small hole after you tape the bottle parts together.

I am rubbing my hands together in anticipation, considering I have quite a few plastic bottles hanging around. Why am I so eager to make bottle fly traps? Well, I cannot describe to you how much I hate flies, and am very eager to see them eliminated from my home and yard.


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